Industrial action cancelled at QLD meatworks

The planned industrial action that was set to close Ipswich’s largest meatworks has been cancelled at the last minute.

Workers at JBS Rockhampton abattoir announced plans to walk off the job for four hours today, as they call for a four per cent rise to be included in their bargaining agreement.

The employer responded by declaring the work stoppages would mean the meatworks would have to be closed all day, and workers participating in the strike would not be paid for the day.

Union members voted in favour of the four hour stoppage, which is not the first time workers have walked off the job over the dispute.

But late yesterday, all workers voted not to support the planned industrial action, overriding the union’s plans.

According to Australian Meat Industry Employees Union industrial officer, Lee Norris, further meetings will be held to discuss the issues.

Workers, union members and the employers say they will continue to negotiate in good faith.


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